28 TH INAUGURAL LECTURE OF ENUGU STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (ESUT) DELIVERED ON AUGUST 24 TH , 2017 By PROFESSOR MELLITUS VITALIS OMEMGBOJI NNADI EZEAMENYI (MVONE)
ENHANCING THE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF MATHEMATICS IN NIGERIAN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS USING RECREATIONAL MATHEMATICS.
Over the years, the poor achievement of pupils and students in both internal and external Mathematics examinations has given worries to many scholars. This has been attributed to certain factors; among which are lack of teachers, poor teaching methods, attitude of pupils and students, nature of Mathematics, lack of use of instructional materials such as games resources, etc. In response to all these and more, specific strategies have been suggested to be remedial to the situation. In finding lasting solution to this obnoxious situation, this paper focuses on enhancing the teaching and learning of primary and secondary school Mathematics through recreational Mathematics. Recreational Mathematics is a term for Mathematics carried out for recreation (entertainment) rather than as a strictly research and application-based professional activity, although it is not necessarily limited to being an endeavour for amateurs. It often involves mathematical puzzles and games. This paper looks at the inherent benefits and practical ways mathematics can be made a recreational activity instead of something to be feared. Conclusions were drawn based on the fact that play is the birth right of every child and as such making mathematics recreational, will certainly enhance the teaching and learning of rimary and secondary school Mathematics.